Local singer-songwriter Susan Webers headlining gig at Sachsenheim Hall tonight doubles as a preview of the songs that will appear on her new album next year. The still-untitled CD -- which features tunes that have been part of her repertoire for more than three years -- is due in early spring. We finally pinned down the 12 songs, Weber says. Weve been doing a lot of recording.
Weber and her band, Monets Orbit, are top-billed at tonights show, which also includes sets by jazz-poet Ray McNieces Tongue and alt-rockers Morticias Chair. Its an eclectic bill, says Weber. But we all have something to say. Weber -- who released a solo acoustic album a few years ago -- sounds like a heartland version of Patti Smith. But instead of wordy poetic ramblings, Weber injects Midwest muscle into her songs. She calls the sound lean rock. We have a lot to draw from, she says. My drummer has a background in jazz, rock, and musical theater. And my bass player is a sponge. Were definitely a collaborative effort.
Sat., Dec. 23, 9 p.m.